Yesterday a Game-Debate premium member took the time to write a thank you to GD for helping him choose his next computer. Through the use of GD Premium he now feels he has made a wise investment.
Let me share some of his letter with you and also highlight what benefits we offer through the Premium Member area so we may be able to help you too...
Fellow GD member gregsuarez is at that magical moment in life. He is getting a new gaming PC. We all know this comes with ups and downs but if done right leaves you the happiest gamer around.
Gregsuarez was looking for a laptop capable of playing his recent classics like Skyrim, Batman: Arkham Asylum/City, the Mass Effect trilogy, GTA4, Dead Island, Fallout 3/NV, BioShock 1&2, Crysis 1&2, and Metro 2033 while also looking to the future titles, where we have Max Payne 3 (whose published requirements caused quite a stir). Gregsuarez went on to say "I wanted to get a laptop with a very nice CPU since Guitar Rig (guitar recording audio software) is very CPU intensive when you run a lot of echo/reverb/delay effects that rely on time calculations."
His first choice in laptop turned out to be a dud and HP provided him with a slightly improved replacement. Having felt that the first one was a dud because he did not do enough research before purchasing, gregsuarez decided to use GD Premium to help him better understand the replacement laptop in relation to the software and games he wished to run, as well as how it stacked up to other hardware on offer.
gregsuarez - "With a lot of thinking, and a TON of help using Game-Debate’s Premium Member tools, I was able to directly and objectively compare what kind of system components would be best for me.
I decided, after much internal debate, to cancel the replacement HP, get a full refund for everything, and invest some more money into a laptop with better components, and which would stay relevant much longer than the HP… more money spent now probably means less money spent in the future."
If you want to see what gregsuarez opted for or read more of his experience then visit his post over on our forum.
This made my day. It is what we are all trying to achieve here. A sharing of knowledge to help us make the right choices when we make an important purchase.
Gaming is a passion. Some of us may have saved for the best part of a year or two before we can make the jump and on the morning when our new rig finally arrives it is like all the best holidays rolled into one. Giddy with excitement, if a gamer discovers that he has made a dud purchase...well it makes me sad just thinking about the deflation we would feel as a game as pretty as BF3 chops through its frames under the graphical pressure.
As PC gamers, we have the flexibility of choosing all sorts of different component combinations, and THAT IS AWESOME! It makes the upgrade even better. If we decide that we want to be stupid and spend a small fortune on 64GB RAM, while keeping the rest of the rig a nudge above average, then we can. Brilliant!
In GD Premium we provide tools that will help with the following as well as other solutions...
1. What games can my computer play at different graphical settings? For example, you could ask to see a list of shooter games that came out in 2010 that will run at High or above settings on your PC.
2. You can save and compare different computers. Saving up to 4 computers and seeing how many recent games they can play.
3. You can check a systems projected lifespan and see how it compares against your other saved rigs.
4. Compare multiple computers against multiple games at the same time.
5. As you travel around the site you will be given extra information that provides quicker ways of seeing how hardware relates to other hardware and games.
6. Finally by supporting us and joining GD Premium we are only going to continue investing those resources right back into developing more cool features for the site and the Premium area.
A note to everyone - Please add your accurate frame rates (FPS) to a games rating page. These figures help you and everyone else make better decisions about games and hardware in the future.
Welcome. From this page you can submit a personal benchmark to GD. Once approved by GD admin everyone can search for your bench results here. The more results the more we all learn.
There are lots of free benchmark tools that test parts of your PC. Select a Type in the form to the right, then select a Tool and then select a Test. You will see a weblink appear beside your selection. Click this link to get the benchmark Tool. Try NovaBench for an all in one benchmark that is only 12Mb to download.
Run your choosen Benchmark Tool on your PC, using the benchmark tool's default setting. Take a screenshot displaying the benchmark score and information displaying your rig and submit that to us.